As originally reported by Science Alert, “We’re about to see a record-breaking supermoon – the biggest in nearly 70 years.The closest full moon in the 21st century.” According to the scientific data, on November 14th, “the Moon will appear up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than an average full moon.”
The report goes on to point out, “this is the closest the Moon will get to Earth until 25 November 2034,” meaning this might be the biggest full moon you may ever get to see in your lifetime.
Something you definitely do not read or get the chance to see everyday.
If this sounds like something you have gotten used to hearing about in the news lately, you are not wrong – this is one of several events involving the moon we have had over the last couple years. Last September’s infamous “blood moon” had everyone talking and there have been a few “super-moon” events, even some earlier this year. What separates this months moon from all the other events is that this one will be the largest of them all.
According to NASA.gov, the term “supermoon” refers to a “new or full moon that occurs with the moon is within 90% of its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.” They go on to add, a “supermoon now refers more broadly to a full moon that is closer to Earth than average.”
To put this months moon in perspective, the moon will be “48,280 km (30,000 miles) closer to Earth” than it other wise could be around orbit. Adding to the rarity of the event, the Sun, Moon and Earth will each individually be aligning at their closest possible points orbits to one another – essentially all at once. Something apparently known as a “Syzygy” – true story.
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